Articles by Alicia Yang


The Positives of COVID-19

What once was touted as the great equalizer—the coronavirus—quickly brought to light the deep-rooted disparities in our society and renewed a push toward change. Based on the discrepant consequences of COVID-19 across demographics, there exists an underlying inequality within our healthcare system. Long after COVID-19 becomes a headline of the past, certain groups of people…

Back to the Basics

Tumor. Cancer. Surgery. Disorder. Disease. Treatment. Doctors have the responsibility to tell their patients “bad news” all the time. The “news” is not some abstract story that can be simply watched out of boredom or skimmed over with glazed eyes. The “news” is about one’s future of living or dying. Far more difficult to swallow…

Animals Behind the Scenes: Model Organisms

For hundreds of years, people have looked to animals and plants to explain elusive human phenomena. Aesop’s fables and ancient texts highlight the extent of this human-animal relationship. In these didactic stories, the whimsical portrayal of animals and plants is used to illustrate and concretize human action. Aside from human imagination, animals and plants have…

Human Connectome Project: The Key to Mapping the Human Black Box

Throughout history, humans have been asking questions about thinking and behavior. The phenomena that people aimed to study greatly surpassed the verbiage and knowledge that was available. This disconnect between what humans want to know and actual understanding drives progress. In light of the brain’s amazing capabilities, endless supply of mysteries and intricate complexities, the…

Remembering Alzheimer’s Disease

Friends and family members of Alzheimer’s patients endure the heartbreak of watching a loved one lose their memory and independence. As the United States demographic becomes increasingly top heavy—with the portion of the population over 65 years estimated to more than double by 2060—the need for Alzheimer’s disease research is immediate. The suffering that Alzheimer’s…

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